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'If a poor mom gets jail then so should a rich woman': Prosecutor who called for Felicity Huffman to be jailed cited case of a single mother who was sent to prison for falsifying records so her kids could get into a better school

Kelley Williams-Bolar (pictured) used her father's home address in 2009 to enable her two daughters to attend school in Copley-Fairlawn, a better performing district

A prosecutor in the nationwide college admissions scandal used the case of an Ohio mother to advocate for 'Desperate Housewives' actress Felicity Huffman to be given jail time during her sentencing. 
The prosecutor on Friday compared her case to that of mother Kelley Williams-Bolar who served nine days in jail for giving out a false address to enable her children to go to school in a better-performing district. 
'If a poor single mom from Akron who is actually trying to provide a better education for her kids should go to jail, there is no reason that a wealthy mother with the resources should not also go to jail,' Eric Rosen said to U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani.  

Williams-Bolar, who resided in Akron, used her father's home address in 2009 to enable her two daughters to attend school in Copley-Fairlawn, a better performing district. 
She was convicted on felony charges of records tampering two years later, but the charge was eventually reduced to a misdemeanor. 
Williams-Bolar also received three years of probation following her release and 80 hours of community service. 
'I tore two towns, at that time, it was serious,' Williams-Bolar told Channel 3 of her conviction. 'You had two towns that they were looking at the test scores for one town versus another town and it just made a big riff in the community.' 
She added that she would not comment on Huffman's sentence. 
'Her 14 days being fair...I cannot be the judge of that and I wouldn't judge her for that,' she said. 
Huffman must report for her sentence in six weeks. She has also been ordered to pay a $30,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service, and has been placed on a year's probation. 
Prosecutor Rosen added that court-ordered community service was not an 'appropriate' punishment for the actress, according to NBC
The actress was the first high-profile parent to plead guilty in the college admissions scandal, in her case to one charge of fraud conspiracy. 
Huffman claimed it was her 'parental anxiety' that led her to bribe an official with $15,000 in order to guarantee her daughter a better SAT test score. 
The case has been criticized as an example of disparities within the justice system, with many saying Huffman received a lighter punishment than those from poorer or non-white backgrounds would have done, due to her 'white privilage'. 
Singer John Legend tweeted on Saturday: 'I get why everyone gets mad when rich person X gets a short sentence and poor person of color Y gets a long one. 
'The answer isn't for X to get more; it's for both of them to get less (or even none!!!) We should level down not up.' 

2 comments:

  1. Not being familiar with this poor woman's case in Akron, I can only speculate that government schools with government laws were involved making her actions a crime, albeit small and her sentence too severe. However in these publicized cases involving well-off, well-known persons, and private institutions, I do not understand how any law was broken and how any legal definition of fraud or bribery was broken. My concern is the involvement and oppresive overreach of the federal government.

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  2. absolutely true. send that rich woman to prison.

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